Canadian politics roundup: Ontario to hike minimum wage, all-out trade war

Just days before voters go to the polls in the B.C. election, the Ontario NDP has vowed to hike the province’s minimum wage, with an eventual goal of raising it to $15 an hour — one of the highest minimum wages in the world. The party also promised to eliminate the three-hour-old overtime rule, which mandates that businesses must allow an additional hour of time off after three hours worked, for overtime that occurs after 12 hours. Ontario is, of course, already the most expensive province in Canada. But this announcement prompted a response from NDP rival and new premier-designate Doug Ford, who vowed to fight what he characterized as “blatant corporate welfare for the political class” that will cost thousands of jobs. He also said “the NDP want to destroy Ontario’s economy.” Read more from Global News.

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